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AB-659 Transportation: emerging transportation technologies: California Smart City Challenge Grant Program.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today


 Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 14540) is added to Part 5.3 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:

CHAPTER  3.5. California Smart City Challenge Grant Program
 The California Smart City Challenge Grant Program is hereby established to enable municipalities to compete for grant funding for emerging transportation technologies to serve their transportation system needs.
 It is the intent of the Legislature that the program encourage municipalities to incorporate advanced data and intelligent transportation system technologies and applications into their transportation planning efforts in order to accomplish the following program goals:
(a) Reduce congestion.
(b) Keep travelers safe.
(c) Meet environmental and climate change goals.
(d) Enhance mobility.
(e) Connect underserved communities.
(f) Support economic vitality.
(g) Attract private investment.
(h) Spur innovation.
 On or before July 1, 2020, the commission shall form the California Smart City Challenge Workgroup to guide the commission on program matters including, but not limited to, the development of, and subsequent revisions to, the guidelines developed pursuant to Section 14543, schedules and procedures, project selection criteria, performance measures, and evaluations. The workgroup may include, but shall not be limited to, representatives of local governmental agencies from both urban and rural areas, local transportation organizations from both urban and rural areas, local transit unions, and the University of California’s Institute of Transportation Studies.
 (a) On or before March 1, 2021, the commission, in consultation with the California Smart City Challenge Workgroup formed pursuant to Section 14542, shall develop guidelines for the program. The commission may revise the guidelines as necessary. The commission shall adopt the guidelines or revised guidelines following at least two public hearings.
(b) The guidelines shall include project selection criteria and define the types of projects eligible for funding through the program. The guidelines shall require that an eligible project serve one or more of the goals described in Section 14541 and may favor a project that serves more than one of those goals.
(c) The guidelines shall not be subject to the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code).
 Implementation of the grant program is contingent upon an appropriation in the annual Budget Act for purposes of the California Smart City Challenge Grant Program, not to exceed ten million dollars ($10,000,000). The source of the moneys shall be Proposition 1B, as defined in subdivision (c) of Section 16773 of the Government Code, generally, with the specific source to be proposed by the commission.